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Fatal work injuries among Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

May 24, 2019

There were 161 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2017 to Asian, native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander workers. These workers accounted for about 3 percent of the 5,147 fatal work injuries in 2017. From 2013 to 2017, 725 Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders were killed at work, an average of 145 per year. Only 13 percent of these workers were born in the United States; 87 percent were foreign born. India, the United States, China, and Vietnam were the four most frequent countries of birth for these workers.

Fatal work injuries to Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders by country of birth, 2013–17
Year India United States China Vietnam Korea
(North and South)
Philippines Pakistan All other countries

2013

33 13 20 11 11 10 11 23

2014

28 20 13 20 14 17 7 23

2015

35 14 14 17 9 8 6 20

2016

41 22 25 22 12 9 10 26

2017

41 25 16 12 12 13 6 36

The occupation with the most Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders killed from 2013 to 2017 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 92 (13 percent of the total). The next two occupations with the most killed were first-line supervisors of retail sales workers with 77 (11 percent) and cashiers with 62 (9 percent).

These data are from the Injuries, Illness, and Fatalities program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries collects information on the race, ethnicity, country of birth, and other characteristics of workers who are fatally injured on the job. The data on Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders do not include workers also identified as Hispanic or Latino. We also have more charts on fatal work injuries.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal work injuries among Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/fatal-work-injuries-among-asians-native-hawaiians-and-pacific-islanders.htm (visited August 09, 2020).

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